Fragment of the neck and shoulder of a large jar

Shape: Fragment of the neck and shoulder of a large jar. Thickness of the jar walls varies from 0.3 to 0.5 cm. Wheel thrown.

Clay: The body of the jar is a pinkish peach color with many relatively coarse, mostly white inclusions. A cross-section of the neck portion of the fragment reveals an abrupt transition in body color. A narrow band of dark body material is sandwiched between two layers of the pinkish peach material.

Glaze: The body is covered with relatively thick white coating which may represent a slip but is more likely a severely underfired celadon glaze. The glaze/slip extends down the throat of the jar to the point where the throat curve begins its transition to the shoulder.

Decoration: A reclining “S”-shaped ornament is appliqued at the line where the curve of the neck reverses direction to begin the curve of the shoulder. The ornament is unglazed and was fastened to the jar after the glaze/slip was applied. The center of one of the two whorls on the the reclining “S” ornament is filled with glaze/slip material.

Marks: None.

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Historical period(s)
Lan Na period, 14th-16th century
Medium
Stoneware with underfired celadon glaze
Style
San Kamphaeng ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.7 x 11.5 x 9.4 cm (1 7/16 x 4 1/2 x 3 11/16 in)
Geography
Thailand, Chiang Mai, San Kamphaeng
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Nelson Spinks
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-412
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar (fragment)

Keywords
Lan Na period (1251 - 1774), San Kamphaeng ware, stoneware, Thailand
Provenance

To 1956
Charles Nelson Spinks (1906-1980), collected in San Kamphaeng, Thailand. [1]

From 1956
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Nelson Spinks. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Study Collection catalogue card, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Nelson Spinks 1906-1980

Description

Shape: Fragment of the neck and shoulder of a large jar. Thickness of the jar walls varies from 0.3 to 0.5 cm. Wheel thrown.

Clay: The body of the jar is a pinkish peach color with many relatively coarse, mostly white inclusions. A cross-section of the neck portion of the fragment reveals an abrupt transition in body color. A narrow band of dark body material is sandwiched between two layers of the pinkish peach material.

Glaze: The body is covered with relatively thick white coating which may represent a slip but is more likely a severely underfired celadon glaze. The glaze/slip extends down the throat of the jar to the point where the throat curve begins its transition to the shoulder.

Decoration: A reclining "S"-shaped ornament is appliqued at the line where the curve of the neck reverses direction to begin the curve of the shoulder. The ornament is unglazed and was fastened to the jar after the glaze/slip was applied. The center of one of the two whorls on the the reclining "S" ornament is filled with glaze/slip material.

Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
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